Hee Sook Kim’s art reflects her life’s journey as a Korean immigrant in America delivering the
complexities of identity, cultural heritage, and the impact of social and political change. Her
pieces express her personal struggles and challenges through 9/11, the 2016 presidential
election, and the COVID pandemic and aim to connect with others who share similar experiences.
While Hee Sook Kim’s art is deeply personal, it also engages with broader social and political
issues. She is particularly concerned with issues of race and gender, and her works often challenge stereotypes and conventions associated with these identities. Her feminism is clearly present in her works, as is her anti-racism stance. In doing so, she invites viewers to reflect on their own experiences and to consider the diverse perspectives of others.
Hee Sook Kim is nationally, internationally recognized artist who has received numerous awards including Fleisher Art Memorial Wind Challenge Award (Philadelphia), Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant (New York), and Leeway Foundation Grant (Philadelphia).
She also has had solo exhibitions including Philadelphia International Airport (PA), Youngeun Museum of Contemporary Art (Korea), Phillips Museum of Art (Lancaster, PA), Marwick-Boyd Fine Arts Center (PA), She had two person shows at Indianapolis Art Center, Lincoln Center (Colorado), and Museum of Natural Sciences (North Carolina). Her work appeared at exhibitions at Osaka City Museum and Fukuoka Prefectural Museum (Japan), Bronx Museum, Drawing Center, Asian American Art Center, and Queens Museum (New York), Korean Cultural Center (Washington DC). Additionally, her work has been shown at National Museum of Modern Art (Korea), Taipei City Museum of Art (Taiwan). Ms. Kim’s pieces are in many collections throughout the United States, Korea, Japan, Taiwan, and Germany and numerous reviews were published nationally and internationally.